The holiday season has snuck up on me.
Or should that be ‘As usual’?
Given I write those same words every year, I’m not even going to try to excuse or justify the position I find myself in this year when it comes to buying gifts.
Instead, I’d like to share with you some new ideas I’ve had for gifts for francophiles – just in case you find yourself in the same gift organisation boat as me.
Each of these ideas was inspired by the nine weeks we spent in France earlier this year. I feel like you won’t go wrong if you choose one of the five ideas below for your favourite francophile. (That said, if none of these ideas feel right, make sure you check out my last ‘gifts for francophiles’ post here.)
New Ideas – Gifts For Francophiles
One. A Voucher For A French Inspired Experience
A contribution towards an experience makes a wonderful gift. Perhaps your francophile would like to attend a cooking class or a French language walk-about in their home town. Knife-making classes and fragrance creation workshops are also great experiences that can happen anywhere in the world but have a real French connection to them.
Two. A Pencil Pine Tree
Ok, so this is a bit of a different option. But Pencil Pines pepper the Provençal landscape, and they are dead easy to grow, making them a great choice for an francophile with a garden.
Three. A Piece Of Copper Cookware
The French are renowned for their copper cookware. And just the smallest piece in a kitchen adds a touch of French flair. Even if its only purpose is as a decorator item.
Four. A Blue And White Striped Umbrella
Because there’s no quicker way to channel the French Riviera, than to pop up a striped umbrella at the beach or while you’re picnicking. Or even in your suburban backyard.
Five. Dinner In A French Restaurant
For so many francophiles, nothing brings French inspiration into everyday life more than food. Which is why shouting dinner in a French restaurant is one of the most perfect gifts for francophiles. Extra points if the restaurant is full of sparkling glass and old world features.
I’d love to know – do you have any fresh ideas when it comes to gifts for francophiles? If so, I’d be grateful if you’d share them in the comments section below.
And while I’m on the topic of gratitude, I’d like to say thank you so much for your support of Distant Francophile over the past 12 months. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate each and every one of our francophile friends. We wish you and your loved ones a very joyful and safe festive season. Scotty and I are super excited to be welcoming friends and family from around the globe into our home over the Christmas and New Year period, so we’ll be taking a little break from DF. But we’ll be be back in January, and we look forward to sharing all things French with you in 2020 xxx.
So until next time – au revoir.
2 thoughts on “New Ideas – Gifts For Francophiles”
To me, France means duck – it is still fairly unusual in the US (especially the wonderful magret breasts). http://www.dartagnan.com has wonderful options, including duck proscuitto and duck sausages…A basket that includes a gift certificate with a bottle of wine and a box of truffles is a nice gift. To ramp it up, add some silver candlestick holders and white tapers or a set of linen napkins.
I sometimes give a Madeleine gift basket: a madeleine baking tin with a madeleine cookbook (Madeleines by Barbara Morse or We Love Madeleines by Miss Madeleine), with a pretty china teacup and saucer and some special tea in a basket lined with a French linen tea towel. Ramp it up with a bottle of Sauternes, or a sterling teaspoon, or a nice bound copy of Proust in French or English (as appropriate).
Either of these could be at virtually any price point from quite modest to over-the-top. ‘Basket’ gifts are easy to customize and so much fun to unwrap!
Wow Alisa. I’m definitely borrowing both those ideas for future gift giving. Duck is relatively mainstream in Australia, but I still love the idea of a basket. As for the Madeleine basket – it’s brilliant. To my local francophile friends – I’m sorry if I’ve ruined the surprise xx.